Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room – KIKAGAKU MORU + THE MYRRORS – Wednesday September 20th 2016

kikagakumoyomyrrorswebI knew I had to find something special for my first DJ set in America and here it is! It’s a rare American show for cult Japanese pscyhedelisists Kikagaku Moru whose communal-styled freak-folk rock jams invoke the sprits of all the greats from Trad, Gras och Stenar to Amon Duul via their own private world.

Support comes from The Myrrors, the most lysergic sound ever to come out of Tucson, Arizona. Hypnotic psychedelic rock imbued with uplifting spiritual drones makes their sound something that transports you out of the humdrum reality into a strange desert of sound.

Both bands have a global following among discerning psyche-heads and all for just $10 with yours truly picking the music inbetween. Tickets and more info

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Huddersfield – Arcade Beers – MELANIE O’DUBHSLAINE + EMBLA QUICKBEAM + CORE OF THE COALMAN – Thursday 30th June 2016

coredasarcadeWEB2Core Ist Das? presents a night of noise in the basement of a Huddersfield beer shop. Arcade Beers is at 6 Station Street, Huddersfield, just off the main square outside Huddersfield Train Station at 6, Station Street (on the side of Byram Arcade). It’s pay what you can and last train friendly.

Melanie O’Dubhslaine
Huddersfield born (though Bradford bred) Melanie is a member of The Wire cover stars Ashtray Navigations, Human Combustion Engine, Sculptress and also recorded as Ocelocelot. She’s collaborated with Bridget Hayden, Ceramic Hobs and Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides.

Embla Quickbeam
This is the project of Rowan Forestier-Walker. She works through manipulating field recordings to create extraordinary soundscapes. She’s recorded for the ever-reliable Chocolate Monk label in and Birghton and last November provided a live soundtrack to Alan Clarke’s classic film exploration of myth & landscape, “Penda’s Fen”.

Core Of The Coalman
Californian-born Jorge Boehringer has been recording as Core of the Coalman now for nearly 10 years with a string of releases on labels the world over and collaborations with Woven Skull, Liz Harris (Grouper) and To Live and Shave In L.A. He’s studied composition with Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran

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Hebden Bridge – Nutclough Tavern – SUZUKI JUNZO + JUMBLE HOLE CLOUGH – Friday 17th June 2016

I’ll be DJing at this wonderful event, arranged by the Nutclough themselves. Japen’s wonderful psychedelic troubadour really should need no introduction on here by now but just in case here he is:

Support comes from the evergreen enigma of Jumble Hole Clough

Delighted to see Hebden Bridge still supporting experimental guitar music in my absence!

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Shipley – Triangle – Ned Netherwood (Radiophonic Workshop book reading & DJ set) – Friday 29th April 2016

an electric stormOh bloody hell, I’m doing a gig and I’m the actual attraction rather than the promoter! The Triangle is a beer shop and art gallery in Shipley, Bradford with a fantastic global range of high quality beers. They’ve hosted exhibitions from Richard Dawson and Jake Blanchard among many others. Its a pleasure and an honour to do my first book reading there.

This is their event blurb about the night: Ned Netherwood is the man behind Was Ist Das? the website that evolved into a label, radio show, handwritten music reviews, owlsploitation, beer talk and 5 years of experimental gigs in Hebden Bridge. He will be joining us to read excerpts from his debut book “An Electric Storm: Daphne, Delia & The BBC Radiophonic Workshop” which came out late last year on Obverse Books. He’ll also be signing and selling copies of it, answering any questions and playing a special DJ set of Radiophonic music.
£3 entry (£2 unwaged). Address: The Triangle, 47 Bradford Rd, Shipley BD18 3DS

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Leeds – Chunk – CHICALOYOH + CHEVAL SCINTILLANTES + MARLO EGGPLANT – Thursday 7th April 2016

chicaloyohWEBWas Ist Das? is teaming up with our dear friend Russell (aka Girl Sweat) to promote a show in Leeds under the banner of SWEAT IST DAS!

CHICALOYOH: French artist Alice Dourlen makes music that is strange, dark and beautiful. Like an acid-fried soundtrack to a Jean Rollin film or a mystic Patty Smith working with John Carpenter. She’s released records for labels like Digitalis, Brave Mysteries, Shelter Press and Was Ist Das? Rave reviews have followed from the Queitus, Freq, us and many more.

CHEVAL SCINTILLANTES: Cheval Scintillantes is Sophie Bernadou, a multi-instrumentalist who previously played in the trio Folle Eglise along with Alice Dourlen (aka Chicaloyoh). Both the tracks on here see Sophie displaying her creative talents with the cello. Her playing is passionate, intricate and inspired. She released her debut solo release on Was Ist Das? back in Autumn 2015

MARLO EGGPLANT: Marlo Eggplant is a prominent figure in a thriving and diverse international scene of female experimental music performers. With an intuitive command of minimal instrumentation, including processed autoharp and contact microphones, Marlo Eggplant’s sparsely structured notes and layered static textures build into sonically dense drone improvisations.

Tickets are £4 in adavance FROM HERE, £6 on the door & this is a bring your own beer venue

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THE END (of Chapter 1)

Was Ist Das? gigs in the Calder Valley came to an end last night in a blaze of noise, folk and menstrual incense.
noise in the wood
I declined to make a speech last night because it was all too much but it has to be said Was Ist Das? gigs were not me alone. They were only possible with the help, support, encouragement, address books and equipment of so many.

It would not have been what it was without Mick West, Jonathan Lees, Jake Blanchard, Andrew Liles, Dave Ives, Sophie Cooper, Chris Price, Charlotte Meecham, G-Babbz, Rick Tomlinson, Gig, Roger & Elva at the Robin Hood, all the Trades Club people, Masonic Jim, Chris Hladowski, Fern Bast, Clive Russell, Jorge Boehringer, everyone who came and everyone who played. Everyone who ever said a kind word about the gigs.

This morning after is surreal. Its hard to believe it has ended and I know many of you last night don’t believe it has but it has. My remaining time spent in this country is going to be taken up with my day job and with preparing to leave this country.

The Owl Temple closes it doors for the last time in the valley. Somewhere far away on a dusty plain, an elf owl hears those doors echoing. Every ending is a beginning, it muses, and then the coyotes begin to make a strange noise.

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Hebden Bridge – Inkfolk – SKULLFLOWER + ANDREW KING + TOR INNOCATION BAND – Sunday 6th December 2015

The final Was Ist Das? gig before I emigrate to America and there’s only one way to go out….with a bang.

Formed in 1987, they emerged from the Broken Flag noise scene but with a sound far more guitar-driven than most of their peers. Their intense sonic assaults have been influential on such bands as Bardo Pond and Godflesh. Band leader Matthew Bower has worked with many of the leading lights of the UK underground such as Vibracathedral Orchestra, Richard Youngs, Ramleh and Colin Potter.

Tor Invocation Band is a nebulous, international unit of seasoned improvisors. As given to the light as to the dark, their exploration of space, sound, noise and sacred spaces. For this evening they will be: Jake Blanchard with members of Woven Skull, The Family Elan, Core of the Coalman and Sophie Cooper.

It seems like the perfect way to end it all, with our ears ringing!

Advance tickets available for £5 plus paypal fee from here

This will be a last-train friendly gig. If you’ve not been to Inkfolk before then please see our venue guide

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